Chinese student wins Delcam’s international CAM competition
Zhao Shi Cheng, from Beijing Automatic Engineering School in China, was the winner of Delcam’s latest international student CAM competition, which was held at the company’s Birmingham headquarters earlier this month. Second and third places were taken by students from Korea – Won Jun, Lee from Korea Polytechnics and Hyun Keun, Byun from Jeonbuk Human Resources Development Institute.
The competition was again sponsored by cutting-tool supplier, Seco, which provided the tooling for the student’s machining projects.
In addition to China and Korea, the finalists came from Greece, Taiwan, Russia and the Ukraine. Each of the contestants had previously won the CAM competition in their region to qualify for the final in Birmingham.
For the final competition, each student was given an IGES file of a component from which they had to produce a machining program using Delcam’s PowerMILL software for high-speed and five-axis machining. The various NC programs were then run on one of the high-speed machining centres within Delcam’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility using a specified range of tooling supplied by Seco. All of the students were able to produce toolpaths that could be machined successfully, with the results being assessed against criteria including quality of toolpaths, machining time and surface finish.
After announcing the winner and presenting certificates to all the contestants, Delcam’s Commercial Director, Bart Simpson, said "Delcam works with universities around the world, helping to train the next generation of engineers for our growing customer base. We were very pleased by the standard reached by all the students, although that was perhaps to be expected after the finalists had already won competitions in their respective countries.”
"We were very appreciative of Seco for the support given by the company for the competition,” added Mr. Simpson. "We hope to continue to work with Seco on a bigger event next year, where we plan to attract finalists from an increased number of countries.”
27 January 2014